Pray for Others

January 1, 2010 by  
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Reading for the Day: Galatians 6:10

“Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.”

Prayer is the most powerful thing that you can do for someone. Many think it is a passive act that we engage in when we don’t know what else to do. On the contrary, our words have power and life when they reach God’s ears.

Have you ever experienced the difference between praying first and praying when you are at the end of your rope? In one case you start and end the right way and in the other situation you find a measure of peace after being frazzled.

Going to God in prayer for someone in need opens the floodgates of Heaven. As a child of God, He listens attentively to your words. That person couldn’t be in better hands than yours at that moment. You have turned their life over to God for His divine intervention. And, He will do just that.

But, there is more than one way to be in need. Even our enemies are in need. We don’t often think of it that way because they are hurting us. the Bible says to pray for those who persecute and use you. it is not to bring the wrath of God down on them but the love of God.

Your sincere prayers at that time could change their lives forever. Like Saul, they could have a “Damascus road experience” and find salvation. That is a true testament to the power of your prayers in the lives of others. Instead of another lost soul, you will have gained a brother or sister in the faith.

Prayer Suggestions: Lord, help me to see that we all need you, even those who don’t treat me well.

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking “throw the box away” inspirational life coach, marketing expert, speaker and author of God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, peace, power and prosperity in their lives. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE online bible study titled, Christian Living. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/ChristiansFaith. Copyright ©  2009 by Robert Moment. All rights reserved. You may forward this article in its entirety to anyone you wish.

God has Wired Us All So Differently

November 11, 2009 by  
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Reading for the Day: 1 Corinthians 12: 4-6

“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.”

Have you ever been told that you are different? It may have hurt at first. The goal of every person seems to be conformity. No one wants to “stick out” in the crowd.

God challenges us to not conform but allow Him to transform us with His purpose. For want of being the same, people have taken their lives, committed crimes and denied associations. Look at Peter. He didn’t want to be associated with Jesus so he denied knowing Him to the crowd.

God did not create us all to be the same. The apostle Paul tells compares believers to a giant body. The body has different parts that must work together so that the entire body can move. Without the feet you couldn’t walk. Without the head, you couldn’t do anything.

Further on in the chapter, Paul talks about the gifts that God gives to us through the Spirit. The main point here is that the Spirit decides who receives what gift. If God has taken such care to choose who you will be, who are you to deny that in the face of mankind?

It is an honor to be loved and used by God. The fact that such an awesome God can use us is monumental. Your contribution in this life is important to Him. When people peg you as different, just smile and tell God “thank you.”

Prayer Suggestions: Ask God to show you who He wants you to be.

Robert Moment is an inspirational life-changing leader, business expert, speaker and author of God Will Always Be There For  You. Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, power, joy, peace and prosperity.  Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE online bible study titled Christian Living. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/ChristiansFaith. Copyright ©  2009 by Robert Moment. All rights reserved. You may forward this article in its entirety to anyone you wish.

Christian Youth – God has a Bright Future for You

October 28, 2009 by  
Filed under Christian Articles, Christian Youth

We live in a confusing and changing world. With so much discord and unhappiness swirling around it can sometimes feel impossible to lead a truly Christian life. When our political and social leaders are making great missteps and failing to succeed as being an example of good Christian living, it is easy to get discouraged. Despair not though, as a Christian you need not look to those around you to feel God’s love or for a good example. Know that your Heavenly Father wants only the best for you as a Christian youth, and that He provides you with all that you will ever need to succeed.

” For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord . They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

– Jeremiah 29:11

The times that Jesus Christ lived in were no less tumultuous than the times we live in now. Through his actions and great love for man, God showed the people of that time what it meant to be a Christian. God sacrificed his only begotten son, so that we would be able to love one another as God loves us and that we would fulfill his wishes by leading a good Christian life. The Christian youth of today is blessed with the opportunity to live in a time that you can do so much good in sharing God’s word. Know that you are blessed and have the power to help others by setting a good example of Christian living.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

–Philippians 4:13

Living your life as a good Christian means accepting others even though they may be different. The Christian youth of today can make a radical and lasting difference in the world by living their lives as God would want; by leading by example and by demonstrating that a good Christian life is a full one. Family, friends and God’s word are the greatest gifts that one can ever share and are all the rewards that come from Christian living. We are so blessed to have God’s great love in our lives. How better to honor that love than to share it with others who may be living in darkness?

“Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them ,because it is the Lord your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.”

– Deuteronomy 31:6

Armed with the great love of God, there is no obstacle that you cannot overcome. Being a Christian offers you so many opportunities to share God’s word and God’s love. Don’t be afraid to be overjoyed at the great gift you have as a Christian youth. Know that, no matter what trial you are facing, God’s love will see you through. Stick to your beliefs, and live your life as God has commanded and you will reap the rewards of a good Christian life. Even in your darkest hour your great faith and Christian living will light your soul and fill you with a great peace, knowing that you are never alone.

“The Lord will guide you continually”

–Isaiah 58:11

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking Christian business and marketing coach, speaker and author of God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, power, joy, peace and prosperity. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE Christian Living e-course. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/ChristiansFaith.

Copyright ©  2009 by Robert Moment. All rights reserved. You may forward this article in its entirety to anyone you wish.

Christian Youth – God Understands You

October 26, 2009 by  
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Christian youth, our God is a loving and merciful God. The things that you are going through may seem so much bigger than you, but God is bigger still. God understands everything about you. He understands what you are going through. God understands how you feel and He understands the things that are going on in your head. And God believes in you. He believes that you will fulfill all of the things that He has destined you to fulfill. God believes that you will overcome the obstacles in your life. These obstacles have been created in the world by sin. Sin broke unlimited man’s fellowship with God. Jesus gave that fellowship back to us and with it comes the ability to live victoriously. God has a plan for you to live victoriously and God believes that you will jump into the fullness of your destiny.

“The Lord will guide you continually.”

–Isaiah 58:11

Do not let people make you think that Christian living is “un-cool”, because it is not. God loves you and wants to have a close, intimate relationship with you. If you feel like no one else understands you and that know one else believes in you, then know that God understands you and He believes in you. He will never leave you or forsake you. God planned your destiny before you were even born. Your destiny is God’s successful plan for your life. God understands what you are going through and what you are feeling. He even understands how discouraged you can get. But, He gave you a way out of that discouragement. He has hope for you. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and He will direct your paths. Lean on God, call out to God and He will answer you. God loves you so much.

“Be strong and of good courage. Do not be afraid or dismayed”.

– 1 Chronicles 22:13

You are a Christian youth and that means that you have chosen to live for God, according to the Bible. You may not be able to do the things that you see other youth do, but God understands your feelings. He has given you the grace to be able to live for him. The Bible says that nothing can separate you from God’s love. No matter what you have done or where you have been, God will always accept you with his arms wide open. God understands. He wants to be your best friend. Gods love is unconditional. He will always love you no matter what you do. Go to God and tell Him that you love Him and ask Him to help you live for Him.

Know that God understands you. He understands your strengths and your flaws, and He has given you the strength to withstand temptation. No matter what you do God will always understand and love you. God made you. The Bible says that God formed you when in the womb and that he knew you even then. There is no one else who can love you more than God. Be encouraged and walk in the promises that God has for you. No matter what obstacles come your way: God believes in your ability to overcome and He loves you.

“Remember , I am with you always , to the end of the age”.

Matthew 28:20

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“Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.”

–Jeremiah 17:7

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking Christian business and marketing coach, speaker and author of God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, power, joy, peace and prosperity. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE Christian Living e-course. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/ChristiansFaith.

Copyright ©  2009 by Robert Moment. All rights reserved. You may forward this article in its entirety to anyone you wish.

God Knows Our Weaknesses

October 23, 2009 by  
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Have you ever put on a “false face” or airs to fool someone else into thinking you were something you were not? Before you get your dander up, you are not the only one who has done that. Just take a look at the news and you’ll see many people who have been busted for perpetrating a fraud.

It’s tiring isn’t it? There’s nothing wrong with wanting to put your best foot forward, just be sure that it is your foot you are using. When the people you want to impress leave, you breathe a sigh of relief because you can go back to being yourself. The truth is that living like that is not living at all.

When we hide who we really are, no one gets to know the real you. Society tells us to hide who we are if it contradicts what the world thinks is normal or acceptable. To God we are all lights just waiting to be illuminated in the world.

In one of Jesus’ parables, he talked about hiding lights under a basket. You can’t see that way so you put the light in an area where it can shine throughout the entire room. Putting on airs is like hiding your light – no one can benefit, not even you. Your true purpose is not being served.

The big question is why do we hide in the first place? Will friends leave us or family disown us because we are not acting or living a certain way? God speaks to that through Jesus in His word. When we are forsaken by others for His glory, He will always be there to stand up for us.

It is bad enough that we hide in society, but even worse is that the habit of hiding stays with us when we come to Christ. Here’s a news flash: God knows all about your weaknesses. He knew about them when you were in the world and He knows about them now that you have accepted Him into your life.

What the world sees as shortcomings are opportunities for God. Maybe you have a disability or have a family member with a disability that you don’t want others to know about. The weakness you possess could be a carryover from your days “in the world” that you can’t seem to drop. What would the elders in the church think if they knew you struggled with something “unmentionable”?

The Apostle Paul was given a “thorn” in his flesh. It is believed that this was a weakness or sin that he struggled with. Paul asked God to take it away so that he could be free, but God did not. Instead, He worked through Paul’s weakness to show His glory.

When your weakness is some type of bad habit, God doesn’t always take it away. Yes, He wants us all to be more Christ-like, but with His help. On our own, we can’t affect any lasting change in ourselves. Besides, society is okay with those types of habits.

The process of purging yourself of a weakness like that is where God transforms us. He uses our transformation as a way of showing others that He can change anyone. In the end, you are freed from your bad habit and someone else is blessed through your struggle. And, once you are free through Christ, you have truly conquered your weakness.

But, there is not only one type of weakness. The second type is the one we originally mentioned. Denying who you are because society doesn’t find it acceptable is disheartening to God. When you accept that He made you and that He doesn’t make mistakes, you can then embrace your difference (disability, weight, height, speech, etc.) and use it for His purposes. God uses the people society throws away to do great things for Him.

Throw away the “false face.” Whether you have a bad habit that is lingering or you are different in other ways, God already knows about it and can do great things with you. If He is not ashamed to own you, then who cares what the world thinks?

Additional Scriptures:

“So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.”

-          John 8:36

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“Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.”

-          2 Corinthians 12:8-9

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“The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
His mercies never cease.
23 Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning.”

-          Lamentations 3:22-23

Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking Christian business and marketing coach, speaker and author of God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, power, joy, peace and prosperity. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE Christian Living e-course. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/ChristiansFaith.

Copyright ©  2009 by Robert Moment. All rights reserved. You may forward this article in its entirety to anyone you wish.

God is the Same Yesterday, Today and Forever

July 1, 2009 by  
Filed under Christian Articles, God's Love

The most powerful weapon against fear and worry is scripture.  You can find a scripture that pertains to your circumstances no matter what they are and lean on their power to reassure you.  But why are the words of the Bible so much more powerful than others?  It’s because the Word of God has been unchangeable down through the centuries, unchangeable and reliable at all times.

The God who delivered the Israelites yesterday will deliver you today and your children tomorrow.  God’s love, power and almighty presence are unceasing.  What a wonderful and reassuring feeling!

“For I am the Lord, I do not change.”

-  Malachi 3:6

Change happens all around us; day changes to night, the seasons change, and the circumstances of our lives change.  One day we may be up and the next day, down.  Even those who love us most change as the days, weeks and years pass.  God was wise enough to understand that we are human and that change in our lives should be part of the human condition, yet he also gave us certain constants in our lives – yes, there are seasons, but they follow a predictable pattern so that crops can grow and we can appreciate the beauty of nature.  Day always follows night so that we can rest when we need to and wake up each day feeling refreshed.  There is a constancy to even the changes in our lives that tell us that God’s love is always present.

Knowing that our universe is put together so that we can rely on it to follow a reliable pattern is reassuring.  It tells us that God himself is constant in His love for us, so we need not fear.  His loving kindness is eternal and never changing.  Even as our lives change, jobs come and go, and relationships grow and fade, God is steadfastly loving us and watching over us.

“Give all your worries to god, for he cares what happens to you.”

- 1 Peter 5:7

When something in our lives goes wrong or brings us sorrow, we sometimes tell ourselves, “Don’t worry, this too shall pass.”  It is a thought that helps us to feel just a little bit better about the lows in our lives, but when the highs come along, we don’t want to think that they are only temporary.  It is reassuring to remember that God has promised to always be there – He is not temporary and His love will never pass away from our lives.

God’s love, power and protection are never-changing and never-ending, no matter what we do or what happens in the universe.  We don’t have to tell ourselves that things will change when we think about God – He’s always been there and always will be.  God’s mighty presence is with us in all circumstances and conditions, in all places at all times.  Any adversity that we face gives God another opportunity for us to experience His great peace, love and understanding.  How wonderful that the Lord is so constant – you never have to worry about whether He is there for you or not – He is eternal, just as He has always said.

Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord is the one who goes before you.  He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor forsake you.”

-   Deuteronomy 31:8

Robert Moment is a Christian business coach, speaker and author of  newly published book, God Will Always Be There for You.  Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, power , joy, peace, and prosperity. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE Christian Living e-course.  Follow me on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/christiansfaith

How to Forgive Yourself

June 30, 2009 by  
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No matter what the occasion, we often find ourselves looking for the best gift possible to give those we care about.  We want to find some token of our affection to give them that says, “I care about you.”  Of course, the best gifts to give those around us aren’t those that can be bought in any store.  To show how much we love others, we need to let go of the hurt and pain that they have caused and forgive them.  Love and forgiveness along with second chances are the best gifts we can possibly give to others.

But what about yourself?  Have you thought about giving yourself the gift of forgiveness this year?  Are you ready to be free and ready to move ahead into a life of graciousness and love in the future?  If you are, you must forgive yourself for the mistakes you’ve made – and that can be a difficult thing to do!  It’s easy to try and hide our mistakes and not think about them, but what we hide has power over us; it can sit there in the back of our minds and fester, eating away at our self-assurance and our sense of God’s love for us, making us wonder if we are truly worthy.  We have to let go of our mistakes and forgive ourselves just as God forgives us.  And He does forgive us, completely and with no reservations!

“You are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful.”

- Nehemiah 9:17


“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.  Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”

- Luke 6:37

When you are ready to forgive yourself, there are six steps that I’ve found very helpful in helping me on the path to self-forgiveness.  Perhaps they will help you in your struggle to let go of you past mistakes and embrace forgiveness:

Six Steps Toward Forgiving Yourself

1.   Take out a sheet of paper and write your name at the top.  Now take some time to think about all of those things you’ve never let go of in your past that you haven’t forgiven yourself for.

2.   Write down what those transgressions are and who you hurt; how you hurt them, etc.  Was it verbal or physical abuse?  Dishonesty? Neglecting someone you cared about? Betrayal? Rejection? Theft? Rape? Lying? Addiction? Adultery?

3.   Write down how you feel about yourself because of these unresolved feelings over your past mistakes.  Be very honest with yourself.  Although you may have made amends or been forgiven by others, do you still feel unworthy?  God knows how you feel and He sees your heart.  Express on paper how you feel and let the emotions flow – release them!

4.   Decide to forgive yourself.  Forgiveness is not a feeling but a decision of the will and one of the greatest Gifts from God.  He has told us to forgive and that He will give us the power to do so – but it all begins with the decision to do so.

5.   Take your list to God and acknowledge your forgiveness to Him.  “Lord, I come to You today and give up my unforgiveness.  I forgive myself for ____________________.  At this moment, I choose not to hold these offenses against myself, but put them into Your Hands.  God, heal my emotional wounds and help me to be able to move forward without regrets and help me to let go of the past and start fresh.  God give me the ability to  offer upliftment and comfort to someone else with the same comfort you have given me.   I release my past sins of ____________into Your Hands.”

6.   Destroy the list in private.  This visual exercise can be very freeing.  Whether you decide to shred it, burn it  or tear it up and scatter it in the trash, imagine your past mistakes being destroyed and floating away in the same manner.

This is what it means to be “born again.”  The Lord doesn’t want us to dwell on what has happened before – our lives as Christians are about who we are now and in the future, walking in forgiveness and love.  So give yourself a wonderful gift that is free of charge and yet priceless this year – forgive yourself!

Prayer:

Heavenly Father,

Alone with You in this moment of meditation and prayer, I release any unresolved feelings of resentment or regret.

Help me through this process of healing.

I release to you any unresolved feelings that I have toward myself.  I understand that not forgiving myself is disobedience toward you.

Forgive me for any pain that I have caused in the lives of others.  Forgive me for not letting go of the past and moving forward in love.

I experience now the relief of forgiveness to the depths of my being.

Heavenly Father, I acknowledge and give thanks for Your love that strengthens me, comforts and soothes me emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually.

In the complete fullness of Your Love, I can and do forgive myself.

Thank you, Heavenly Father, for healing my heart and bringing Joy and Meaning back into my life.

In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

This is a new beginning releasing the past and embracing forgiveness. Forgiveness opens the door to the enrichment of all our relationships so that they flourish with understanding and love. With the forgiveness we express today we open the way to a brighter future.

Robert Moment is a Christian business coach, speaker and author of  newly published book, God Will Always Be There for You.  Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, power , joy, peace, and prosperity. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE Christian Living e-course.  Follow me on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/christiansfaith

God Make Me, Mold Me

June 29, 2009 by  
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God always sees us as His precious gifts, priceless treasures in his Kingdom. Why does He see us this way? Because we are created in His image – and nothing could be more precious and special than to be created in the image of God Himself, the Lord of all creation!

This is why we must always keep in mind that He is always shaping us and conforming us to His character. He wants us to become more like Him in every way. God is the potter and we are the clay that He shapes to His own purposes, making us into worthy vessels to be filled with His Holy Spirit. When we submit and surrender our will to our Heavenly Father, He will shape and mold us according to His will and more closely to His image every day.

This growth and change as God molds us is a process that is on-going, so we do not need to be discouraged along the way. We can enjoy each step along the way. It’s okay to take pleasure in where we are on our walk with God while knowing that God is not finished with us yet. He is always in the process of changing us and taking us to where He wants us to be. Simply remember that He is always working on us, from the inside out, and take solace in the fact that we can love our God with all our hearts because He continues to make us better people even as he loves us where we are right now.

“The Lord said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”

Exodus 4:11-12

How Does God Mold Me?

But how does God mold you into the person He wants you to be? How are we to recognize the Lord’s touch as He takes the unfinished clay of our lives and turns it into a beautiful, finished container for His Spirit? The simple answer is that God molds us every day, in every way.

Every contact you have with others impacts your life in some way, whether to teach you a lesson about God’s mercy and love, or to strengthen your humility and resolve. There is no relationship you have that isn’t part of God’s molding and shaping process in some way. Each person that touches your life leaves a mark on the pottery of your soul. If you would like to move closer to God and help Him in His desire to make you a worthy vessel, associate with other Christians, for they will also help God mold you and shape you through their example and Christian love.

God also shapes you through what you do. The more you act and live like a Christian, the more God will guide your footsteps in the right path. It is a natural progression that the more you do that is kind and right and good, the more you will desire to do these things. So look to God for His support and He will give it, and shape your heart to guide you in the path of His goals and hopes for you. Because He created you, He knows everything about you and will guide you in His ways.

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
When I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
Your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
Were written in your book
Before one of them came to be.”

-Psalm 139:14-16

Robert Moment is a Christian business coach, speaker and author of  newly published book, God Will Always Be There for You.  Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, power , joy, peace, and prosperity. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE Christian Living e-course.  Follow me on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/christiansfaith

Writing a Heartfelt Letter to God

June 26, 2009 by  
Filed under Christian Articles, Faith, God's Love, Grief

When there is no closure in our lives, we continue to hurt long after the moment that first caused us pain has passed.  When we are troubled by past transgressions we can’t forget, our lives continue to be an open wound that can’t heal.  We become “walking wounded” and can’t get on with our lives.  We feel incomplete and unfinished, as though something in our lives is lacking.

How do you find closure after death, separation, divorce, or the pain of a parent who doesn’t love you?  What do you do to find peace when your life continues to show the scars of past abuse or terrible loss?

God will soothe your soul and help bring you peace if only you will lay your sorrows and anger at His feet.  Sometimes it’s hard to go to the Lord and confess how angry we are at a loved one because of a past slight or some terrible harm they caused us.  After all, we want to be good Christians and forgive – but if there is still pain in our hearts, it can be difficult to do.

Write Your Unresolved Pain Down

It may help if you try writing a letter to God.  Writing down what is eating at your soul can help you move past it.  We hate to rant and rave at God when we pray, shouting about how bitter or disappointed we are; it seems so disrespectful.  But God wants to hear everything in our hearts – even the ugly stuff.  So sit down tonight and write a letter to God.  It might look like this:

“Dear God,

I’m so angry!  I hate my sister for betraying me, and I can’t get past it.  I wish she would just go away and leave me alone forever…..”

Once you start writing, you will find that all of the bitterness, hurt and sorrow will come spilling out and  onto the page.  That’s good!  It’s very cleansing to finally admit, even to yourself, that you have been hanging on to unfinished business and letting yourself dwell on the past.

After you’ve written your letter, make it a sacrifice to God, for even our pain, when given with a true and faithful heart, is a gift to our Lord.  He will take the sorrow you’ve written about and soothe it away for you.  Some people may even want to burn the letter after they’ve asked God to help them find closure.  It is a simple ritual that can give you a feeling of release – you have admitted what the problem is, asked God to help you move forward, and now you can let it go!

“Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed.”

- Jeremiah 17:14

Once you’ve done this, you will feel a sense of peace as the closure you’ve been seeking for so long finds its place in your heart!

Robert Moment is a Christian business coach, speaker and author of  newly published book, God Will Always Be There for You.  Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, power , joy, peace, and prosperity. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE Christian Living e-course.  Follow me on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/christiansfaith

Waiting On God’s Perfect Timing

June 24, 2009 by  
Filed under Christian Articles, Faith, God's Love

Waiting is one of the most difficult things to do, whether we’re waiting for a bus, a phone call or an answered prayer.  We become impatient and wonder why everyone else is holding us up and keeping us from getting what we want.  It seems like the more we want something, the harder it is to wait – and we even get impatient with God!

But we have to remember that God’s timing is different than our own.  He sees things from a different perspective and sees the whole picture, not just what we want, but what is best for us in the grand plan for our lives.  All is part of a divine order and will be done in its own right and proper time.  Of course, when we are hoping, praying and waiting for something, it’s easy to forget this.  After all, waiting is “remaining inactive in one place while expecting something.”  And being inactive means feeling powerless and at the mercy of the world – nobody likes that feeling.  But we must keep in mind God’s greater plan and his perfect timing:

“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.”

- Romans 8:28

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“Trust in Him at all times, O people.”

- Psalm 62:8

What are YOU Waiting For?

What are you waiting for in your life?  A new job, financial security, healing, a baby, a restored marriage?  It seems that no matter where we are in our lives, we are waiting for something in the future.  Our lives are never stagnant; if we are moving forward, there is always something to expect or wait for around the next bend in the road of our lives.

There are many stories of “waiting” in the Bible.  In some stories, the waiting seemed to last forever, while others only waited a few intense moments.  The key to waiting is not the length of time but how we handle the wait.  The Bible teaches us that we should “wait on the Lord.”  We must look with confidence and expectation toward the future, trusting that God will fulfill our waiting in good and proper time.

There are three actions that will help you wait on the Lord patiently and with faith, knowing and believing that He will help:

1.  Trust – If we doubt God’s willingness to hear and answer our prayer, we may begin to feel bitter when we think God has heard our prayer but is silent.  Scripture teaches us that God is unchangeable, which means He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow and we can always rely on Him to provide the best possible path for our lives!  God said that He will never leave us or forsake us.  If He seems silent now, it is because He has another plan, different timing or a way to answer our prayer that has not been revealed to us yet.  We must trust in His plan.

2.  Resist – We must resist the temptation to take matters into our own hands.  Patience is powerful.  Having patience is essential in many circumstances and the Holy Spirit is here to fill us with this patience when we feel we cannot wait another minute on God.  The safest place we can rest is in God’s Will.  When we rest here, resisting temptation is easy.

3.  Pray – How many times have you given a prayer request to God and felt He was deaf?  During these times, you need to keep on praying, but pray the right way. God always answers our prayers, but it may not be the way we want Him or expect Him to.  It may be a yes, a no or something better.  When we don’t immediately get the answer we want, we have a tendency to repeat the same prayer over and over until we either lose our voice or simply give up.  After we have given our need to the Lord, we must turn our request into a “Thank you,” and an attitude of expectancy, and say, “Not my will, but Yours, Lord.”  When we thank the Lord in advance for answering our prayers, it is an active display of our faith that demonstrates to God our confident expectation that His awesome power will provide for us.

This Prayer can help you as you wait on God’s perfect timing:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I have been waiting for ________________ for so long now, and I come before You today to ask your help.  I pray that You will increase my faith and patience so that I will put my whole trust in your perfect timing and plan for my life.  I will put my complete trust in You with confidence and eager expectation of Your answer, whatever that answer may be and whenever that answer may come.

Thank you that you are always with me.

Thank you that You hear my prayers and will answer in Your time and in Your way.  You, Lord, are without limits.

Thank You for Your unfailing word and that You always keep Your promises to me.

I believe with my heart, mind and soul Your plan for my life is the best one possible and I thank You for Your answer.

Being in Your will is the safest place I can ever reside.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

We affirm  God’s Perfect Timing .  Trusting in God, to see His will and  perfect order unfold in our lives.

Robert Moment is a Christian business coach, speaker and author of  newly published book, God Will Always Be There for You.  Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, power , joy, peace, and prosperity. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE Christian Living e-course.  Follow me on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/christiansfaith

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